Last year, one of the internet controversies that gained a lot of forwarding time on email lists as well as forums was the topic of sister Yvonne Ridley’s scathing criticism of Sami Yusuf, his music, his British Patriotism, and the boy band culture surrounding various nasheed artists, particularly Sami Yusuf.
Azhar Usman responded, only to be cut down by sister Yvonne, and then Sami Yusuf responded, and so forth. I had written a series of blog entries regarding my thoughts on the whole thing, and even went as far as to attend a Sami Yusuf concert to see firsthand what this was all about. This is all on my old blog siraaj.wordpress.com. As part of the write up, I kept copies of all statements (and even cleaned up punctuation errors for my own sanity) made by all involved as well.
As a result, my old site, though it’s been janazafied a long time ago, continually gets not only hits, but comments from many people, particularly sisters who think my site is Sami Yusuf’s site, and since those comments are in the public domain, I thought I’d reproduce them below for your amusement (and perhaps horrified astonishment). The following comments were written in response to Sami Yusuf’s letter, which is a response to Yvonne Ridley’s letter. In all, there are currently 66 comments (mostly from sisters), and I’ve reproduced only some of them (you can read the page in full here):
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